While others rang in the New Year with champagne, balloons and noise makers, Christian Hambrock welcomed 2019 in with a very cold and wet 100 km fundraiser run for Wes For Youth Online.
From 8 pm New Year’s Eve till 8 am New Year’s Day, Hambrock ran a continuous 10 km loop around Walkerton raising three thousand dollars. (10 loops in total)
This money will go directly into youth counseling.
The 12 hour run was not for the faint of heart as the night was a mix of rain, drizzle, sleet and snow accompanied by a chilly north wind.
The long cold wet run was made more tolerable thanks the company of fellow runners who took turns throughout the night running a loop or two with Hambrock.
Others gathered at the Wes For Youth Office to cheer Hambrock on each time he made another loop by the office.
By the time the 12 hour run wrapped up at 8 am, Hambrock says he only ran a few loops alone.
Hambrock is very pleased with the success of the run and says it is something he would be willing to do again.
He jokes however, he should have started off with a two hour run as now everyone will be expecting at least 12 hours again.
The New Year’s Eve run was the Sacred Heart High School teacher’s way of promoting youth mental health and supporting Wes For Youth Online a cause very near and dear to his heart.
Wes For Youth which provides free online support and counseling to youth was born out of tragedy after 16 year old Wes Cameron took his life in 2011.
His family began Wes For Youth Online as a means to reach out to other youth struggling with mental health issues.
Hambrock remembers Wes a great kid, as he taught Wes along with his brothers, forging a connection with the family.
The New Year’s Eve run was an opportunity for Hambrock to honour Wes’s memory while raising both awareness and funds for Wes For Youth Online.
The 12 hour 100 km run also served as a good training exercise for Hambrock who will be competing in a 100 mile run in Texas this February.